B2 is an information tool designed and produced by journalists, according to journalistic principles and methods. Its ambition is to provide more detailed and complete information on geopolitical Europe, its “crisis” action, while preserving an independence of tone.
The heart of our editorial line
Political Europe can exist. It's not just a conviction. It is an observation of what is happening day to day. It will take time, back and forth, questions but the movement is inevitable.
Europe also has a role to play in maintaining peace and/or strengthening the rule of law not only inside the Union but also outside it. She can't stay sealed off at home. It is not a question of practicing neocolonialism, but of participating in the making of a world that is safer and more respectful of democracy and the rights of everyone.
The right to criticism
To speak well of Europe, we must accept to trace its contours, successes as well as imperfections, flaws or failures, advantages and disadvantages. It's not about judging. It is a question of describing, of commenting if necessary, of not hesitating to point out what is wrong, but also of highlighting the successes. Being in favor of a European construction does not automatically mean observing a blissful optimism, ready to swallow any lure as long as there is a European flag on it. Nor is it about makingEurope bashing, just because there is the word "European" somewhere. It's about doing real European journalism. This requires us to be rigorous.
The right to objective subjectivity...
To take the information at the source, it is to take the risk of errors. The work of journalism remains all in subjectivity and immediacy, even if it is done the most
"correctly" and "scientifically" possible. We cannot claim the truth. But just to trace "a" reality, at a given time, with the information available at the time. Especially since the “time” requirement is essential in this profession. It is by reading a set of articles that we can trace a reality that will be as objective as possible.
Deliberately francophone and Cartesian
B2 deliberately stays a site “in French ". Contrary to “commercial” logic, we persist in thinking that the language of Voltaire and Molière has as much meaning as that of Shakespeare. Language is part of culture. And in diplomacy, it is also a part of thinking. The Cartesian or hexagonal vision that it expresses still has all its virtue in international and European relations. And being European does not mean renouncing one's culture. On themes (geopolitics, strategy, European politics) where English is the usual language, this constantly requires the translation of texts (whose literary value is sometimes wavering). This is a handicap in terms of speed because nearly 90% of European sources are in English. But we intend to stay the course and participate in maintaining diversity and the Francophonie, by maintaining sources of information accessible to everyone on the Internet.
Open to others
Francophonie does not mean withdrawal into the hexagonal self. B2 takes care not to reflect only a French point of view stricto sensu but to consider other points of view. We endeavor to take into account the different points of view of European countries, sometimes the "smallest". They all – the British like the Poles, the Bulgarian like the Spaniard, the Italian like the Luxembourger – have an interest and an undeniable logic. No offense… in the land of Descartes!
Our own expertise
To gauge certain facts, certain positions, certain texts, we also draw on our own expertise, developed over the years. B2 has thus set up its own analysis instruments. We have also developed our own databases, for example on maritime piracy (EUNAVFOR database), on fallen Europeans on missions (MEMORIAM database) — a fact completely passed over in silence by the European authorities until little — or on EU peacekeeping missions and operations (CSDP database). This allows us to have alternative data, more concrete and complete than official sources. And to offer our readers a serious decryption, more complete and independent than other sources. This data journalism is a guarantor of our autonomy.
The preservation of independence
In order to preserve the independence of the site in sensitive matters, B2 does not accept advertising, sponsorship or patronage. We also refuse any sponsored or paid articles. We also grant ourselves the possibility of refusing any donation accompanied by specific conditions, or extraordinary in relation to the amounts usually committed.
The editorial staff of B2 practices short circuit journalism, to reconcile the rules of transparency and professional rigour.
A live stream. The principle is to go as close as possible to the direct source of the information, and not to repeat content that has already been published. B2's ambition is thus to produce autonomous content, in order to participate in the enrichment of information sources.
All information is sourced, checked or rather “cross-checked” and evaluated. The source is indicated by name when the source has authorized us. It gives an indication of the rank of the interlocutor (diplomat, expert, etc.) without being able to identify him (if he has asked us to do so), according to the unwritten rules regarding the source of information (Off / On) . We strictly respect the rules of confidentiality or anonymity requested by our interlocutors when they are not excessive (1).
Each article is signed by the editor(s), possibly by the proofreader, using the usual gradation. An article signed by two people means an equal contribution. The word “with” indicates the significant contribution of another journalist (either in the writing, or in the reporting of information). The signature in initials indicates that the journalist's contribution is essentially formatting, in context, with additions, but that the essential information is indicated. If content is provided by a news agency, we mention it.
The conditions for conducting an interview are mentioned both on the place or the date or in the method: written or oral, alone or with other journalists, etc. The notion of exclusivity is used with meticulousness. We do not baptize “exclusive” what is in fact an interview with a dozen journalists.
The fact is distinguished from the comment. Opinion articles are thus normally distinguished from analytical articles, as well as reportage articles (where the journalist can see a situation firsthand) from those relating to specific news. When B2 brings, on a set of raw elements, an addition of comments, analysis, this is expressly indicated (by a Nota Bene, by a note, a term "comments") allowing the reader to know who takes the pen. This does not prevent us from having our point of view, which can sometimes be very clear cut. This position is clearly marked as editorial.
The objective is to bring to the reader not only facts but also elements of analysis, context, reflection. Even if it means shaking up certain preconceived ideas or the “furrow” dug by general feeling. It is then up to everyone to continue this journey.
Articles can be updated, sometimes several times, with recent news items (less than 24 hours). In this case the update is indicated in the title (V2, V2 or Maj2, 3 for older versions). And a quick explanation is specified below the article (in gray).
The one or more original documents that inspired the article or are useful for its understanding are attached, as far as possible (unless expressly requested by the source), to the article, either in the original language or in the appropriate translation. They are repatriated on our site to avoid any subsequent break in the link.
La linguistic plurality. If the document in French is preferred, when the document is available in other languages, we try to offer at least the English or German translation (the two or three working languages of the European Union). For the most important documents, the number of available versions is increased. When a translated term could lead to confusion, the original (in English or German) is mentioned in parentheses.
Comments, corrections and right of reply
All comments are read, but they are not systematically published. It is even rare. This is a rule that B2 has set itself for both practical and editorial reasons. First of all, this site is not a discussion forum. Second, too many comments affect the clarity of the information. Finally, we do not have the means to moderate all comments. On the other hand, the commentary is used to direct us on unmarked paths, to open the mind, to rectify certain typos if necessary or to bring certain additions. The “in-house” policy is therefore rather to publish comments that have a didactic, educational interest because they bring an additional element or a different point of view to an article.
The anonymity of sources does not mean the absence of fair play
Comments that contain terms that are insulting either to the authors of the articles, or to other people who might feel hurt by the comments made, are not appropriate. Commenting does not mean blowing off steam by calling everyone a fool. Anonymous comments are also not published. A "nickname" box allows you to hide your identity, for people wishing to keep a certain discretion about their name or function. B2 evolves openly and not anonymously. We expect commentators the same fair play.
Right of reply or correction
When information deserves clarification or correction, this is provided, even if the article has already been published (if necessary with a specific mention). More formally, the right of reply can be exercised and granted insofar as it is legitimate and meets the criteria laid down by the profession and the law (law of July 29, 1881 and decree of October 24, 2007). A "clarification", a "correction" or a "response" can simply be made in the "comment" box and/or by email.
If you wish to report the presence of illegal content (within the meaning of 10° of article 1 of decree no. 2009-1340 of October 29, 2009), this can be done by a message in comment or by any means below.
Posted September 28, 2010, updated November 28, 2017 and April 25, 2018